Emerald Dance Academy in Port St. Joe has launched a new ballet class specifically aimed at the adult dancer.

Emerald Dance Academy in Port St. Joe has launched a new ballet class specifically aimed at the adult dancer.  The classes take place Saturday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. ET at the studio at 317 Williams Avenue and are open to adults with all levels of experience - from beginner to advanced. 

The classes are a great workout - with movements utilizing body weight as resistance and building long and lean muscles.  Practice begins with small exercises of the feet, legs and torso at the barre and continues in the center with stretching, jumps and turns all set to classical piano music. 

Class instructor, Erin Payner, is a former semi-professional ballet dancer who has trained with such notable companies as the American Ballet Theater in NYC, and the Boston and San Francisco Ballets and performed as a guest artist in numerous classical ballets such as the Nutcracker and Don Quixote.  Additionally, in 1998 she represented the US in what is often referred to as the "Olympics of Ballet" - the International Ballet Competition - and has over 10 years of teaching experience.  

Erin and her husband Major Joseph Payner relocated to the Port St. Joe area last fall from Atlanta.  Classes are $10 each and to keep this cost low, Erin is teaching on a volunteer-basis as a service to the Port St Joe community.

Emerald Dance Academy is a premier dance studio with excellent dance facilities including sprung marley flooring and an experienced and caring faculty offering classes in ballet, tumbling, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz and tap.  The performing company regularly competes across the Southern US in national competitions and has won many awards.  Be on the lookout for dancers around town over the next few weeks at Saturday soccer games and bake sales, fundraising for their upcoming trip to a dance convention for advanced training and performing opportunities.   The dancers very much appreciate your support. 

Visit Emerald Dance Academy on Facebook or contact owner Barbie Sabins at 229-1413 for more details.